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5:16 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Reverse Food Truck Caters To Hunger Relief Programs

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 10:57 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Food trucks are becoming increasingly popular in cities across this country, as people line up on sidewalks for everything from tacos to barbecue to sushi. This summer in Minnesota's Twin Cities, a new kind of food truck is on the streets. It's the brainchild of entrepreneurs who were aiming to satisfy a different kind of hunger. From Minneapolis, Jess Mador reports.

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Business
4:32 am
Wed May 28, 2014

World Trade Center Developer Wants Loan Guarantees To Resume Project

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 10:57 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The country's tallest skyscraper is having trouble finding tenants. The landlords at one World Trade Center in New York City, which is slated to open later this year say they're dropping the rent because of high vacancy rates. And that's adding to a heated debate over another skyscraper under development at the World Trade Center site. Here's NPR's Joel Rose.

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NPR Story
3:01 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Designer Of New York City Subway Map Dies

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 10:57 am

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Around the Nation
1:33 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Industrial Hemp Could Take Root, If Legal Seeds Weren't So Scarce

The hemp seedlings in Ben Holmes' warehouse in Lafayette, Colo., will be ready for harvest in about 50 days. Holmes says that during the peak growing season, the little sprouts can shoot up several inches each day.
Luke Runyon KUNC/Harvest Public Media

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 10:57 am

The most recent farm bill is allowing a handful of farmers across the country to put hemp, the nonpsychoactive cousin of marijuana, in the ground.

The bill allows small-scale experimentation with the plant. But despite the new law, many farmers say they're getting mixed messages from the federal government.

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The Salt
1:30 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Want Your Cheese To Age Gracefully? Cowgirl Creamery's Got Tips

Sue Conley (left) and Peggy Smith, co-founders of Cowgirl Creamery, prepare their chilled leek and asparagus soup with creme fraiche and fresh ricotta at Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes Station, Calif.
Tim Hussin for NPR

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 9:27 am

In the world of cheese, much like in the world of wine, the ultimate mark of success is acceptance by the French. That's exactly what happened to Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, co-founders of Cowgirl Creamery in northern California.

In 2010, when they were inducted into the prestigious Guilde des Fromagers, they were among the first wave of American cheesemakers to join its ranks.

Cowgirl Creamery also put out its first cookbook in late 2013.

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Shots - Health News
1:28 am
Wed May 28, 2014

How To Shop For Long-Term Care Insurance

The first lesson of long-term care insurance: Shopping before health problems set in improves your chances of being accepted while tempering lifetime premium payments.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 10:57 am

One of the toughest money decisions Americans face as they age is whether to buy long-term care insurance. Many people don't realize that Medicare usually doesn't cover long-term care, yet lengthy assisted-living or nursing home stays can decimate even the best-laid retirement plan.

Long-term care insurance is a complex product that requires a long-term commitment if you're buying it. So how can you tell if this insurance is right for you?

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The Two-Way
3:29 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

California Lawmakers Vote To Require Condom Use In Porn Films

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation displayed condoms during a 2013 news conference promoting a California bill to require condom use by adult film performers.
Bret Hartman AP

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 5:05 pm

The California Assembly passed a bill on Tuesday that would require condom use in pornographic films shot in the state.

It was Democratic state Rep. Isadore Hall's third attempt to pass such legislation. Los Angeles County voters approved a condom mandate for adult film performers in 2012, but a similar state requirement died last year.

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Media
2:44 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Months Of Tumult Leave Philly's Biggest Papers On The Auction Block

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 5:58 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Philadelphia's two largest newspapers were sold today for the fifth time in the last eight years. This ends a long-standing stalemate between the company's former owners. Holly Otterbein, of member station WHYY reports that newspaper analysts believe the sale will put the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News in a better position.

HOLLY OTTERBEIN, BYLINE: Businessman Lewis Katz and philanthropist Jerry Lenfest made the winning bid of $88 million. Katz says he hopes the size of the Philadelphia Inquirer and its coverage will grow.

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Books
12:54 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

China Turns To Africa For Resources, Jobs And Future Customers

Over the next few years China will build a multi-billion dollar railway linking the Kenyan port of Mombasa to Nairobi (shown here), based on an agreement signed earlier this month by East African and Chinese officials. It's one of many examples of China's increasing economic engagement with African countries.
Tony Karumba AFP/Getty Images

China's economic engagement in Africa can be measured in dollars — for instance, the $71 million airport expansion contract in Mali, funded by American foreign aid, that went to a Chinese construction firm.

More remarkably, it can be measured in people: More than a million Chinese citizens have permanently moved to Africa, buying land, starting businesses and settling among local populations.

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Parallels
12:38 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

World's Richest People Meet, Muse On How To Spread The Wealth

Prince Charles talks to Lynn Forester de Rothschild (left), organizer of the Conference on Inclusive Capitalism, and Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, before Tuesday's conference. The 250 corporate and financial leaders who attended control some $30 trillion, about a third of the world's investable assets.
WPA Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 6:17 pm

Talk of economic mobility and the wealth gap is hardly new. From the Occupy movement to President Obama's re-election campaign, income inequality has been in the spotlight for years.

Even so, the "inclusive capitalism" conference in London on Tuesday broke new ground. Not because of the conversation, but because of the people having it.

The 250 people from around the world invited to attend this one-day conference do not represent "the 99 percent," or even the 1 percent. It's more like a tiny fraction of the 1 percent.

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The Two-Way
11:21 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Median CEO Pay Tops $10 Million For The First Time

Are you getting rich off the rising stock market? America's CEOs are.

Median compensation for the chief executive of a Standard & Poor's 500 company was $10.8 million last year, according to a study by The Associated Press.

That represents an 8.8 percent increase over 2012 and marks the first time that median compensation crossed the eight-figure mark.

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The Two-Way
7:17 am
Tue May 27, 2014

A Meaty Offer: Pilgrim's Pride Offers $5.58 Billion For Hillshire Brands

Hillshire Farm products at Quality Market in Barre, Vt.
Toby Talbot AP

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 9:47 am

The poultry giant Pilgrim's Pride is making a $5.58 billion offer to take over Hillshire Farm, the maker of lunch meats and Jimmy Dean sausages.

In statement, Pilgrim's Pride said the deal aims to create a "fully integrated branded protein leader."

Fortune reports the acquisition puts in limbo Hillshire Farm's own intent to buy Pinnacle Foods. Fortune explains:

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NPR Story
4:22 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Manchester United's Brand Is Devalued

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 5:57 am

According to a study by Brand Finance, a brand valuation consultancy, Manchester United is no longer the sporting world's most valuable brand. The team didn't bring home any trophies this year.

Shots - Health News
1:27 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Frustrated By The Affordable Care Act, One Family Opts Out

Nick and Rachel Robinson welcome their son Cash, who was born in a midwife's birthing pool.
Jessica Hooten Courtesy of Nick Robinson

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 1:21 pm

The Robinson family of Dallas started out pretty excited about their new insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act.

Nick Robinson had turned to Obamacare after he lost his job last summer. He had been working as a youth pastor, and the job included benefits that covered him, his two young daughters, and his wife, Rachel, a wedding photographer.

Nick says he wasn't too nervous at first, because everyone was healthy. Then, he recalls, they found out Rachel was pregnant.

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Shots - Health News
1:26 am
Tue May 27, 2014

How Health Insurance Exchanges Are Like Flea Markets

This flea market in Colorado Springs and the Obamacare exchanges are versions of the same thing — marketplaces where sellers display wares and shoppers browse and buy.
www.csfleamarket.com

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 5:57 am

Billions of dollars went into creating state marektplaces, and we know about 8 million people signed up. But it's actually still to early to declare success or failure. So, what can we say about what the public is getting for its money.

First, if you want to visualize what these marketplaces are, what the $4 billion-plus in federal grants to states paid for, think: flea market.

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Business
1:23 am
Tue May 27, 2014

States Consider Bills To Crack Down On Workplace Bullies

Workplace bullying even happens at the NFL. Investigators concluded that Miami Dolphins lineman Jonathan Martin was harassed by other teammates.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 2:44 pm

Bullying is a behavioral problem often associated with children in grade school, but according to a recent Zogby poll commissioned by the Workplace Bullying Institute more than a quarter of American workers say they've experienced abusive conduct at work.

Now, many states are considering laws that would give workers legal protections against workplace abuse.

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U.S.
1:23 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Lack Of Affordable Housing Puts The Squeeze On Poor Families

Toni Smart points to the oven that she uses to heat her one-bedroom apartment, which has no heat. Smart says she and her kids stayed in homeless shelters a few years ago. She says she'd rather be without heat than in the shelter.
Pam Fessler NPR

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 3:02 pm

The U.S. is in the midst of what Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan calls the "worst rental affordability crisis" ever. Poor families are being hit the hardest: An overwhelming majority spend more than half of their incomes on rent. Others live in substandard housing, or are homeless.

The problem is especially acute in Washington, D.C., in a bustling neighborhood just a few blocks from the Capitol Building.

A Tale Of Two Cities

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Business
11:36 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Pfizer Drops $119 Billion Bid For AstraZeneca

William Vazquez AP

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 5:57 am

It would have been the biggest deal the pharmaceutical industry has seen in more than a decade. But for now, it's off the table.

Pfizer has withdrawn its offer to buy British drug company AstraZeneca for about $119 billion.

American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, which makes Lipitor and Viagra, has been circling its smaller rival AstraZeneca for months.

AstraZeneca, which makes Nexium and Crestor, has rejected every offer saying Pfizer undervalues the company, and that it wants to remain independent.

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Education
3:17 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Who's Using The Data Mined From Students?

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 3:43 pm

Information tracked by educational software can be of great help to teachers. But as Politico's Stephanie Simon explains, private companies can also monetize the data by selling it to marketers.

The Two-Way
2:28 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

The Man Who Brought G.I. Joe To Children Dies At 86

At left is a reproduction of the original G.I. Joe action figure made in 1964. The doll on the right is a newer G.I. Joe model. Hasbro executive Donald Levine, who oversaw the action figure's creation, died last week of cancer.
Anonymous AP

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 4:34 pm

A half-century after the first G.I. Joe action figures hit U.S. shelves, the man who oversaw the toy's creation has died of cancer in Rhode Island. Former Hasbro executive Donald Levine was 86. He was also a veteran of the Korean War who said that G.I. Joe was an attempt to honor those in the U.S. armed forces.

"Someday I'm going to do something to honor this military, these military people, who fight in the wars," Levine said in archive footage cited by NPR's Elizabeth Blair for All Things Considered.

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All Tech Considered
9:49 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Wash And Deliver: Startups Aim To Solve First World Problems

Washio offers on-demand laundry pickup and delivery for $1.60 a pound.
Courtesy of Washio

Sick of doing the laundry? The latest hot Silicon Valley startup, Washio — the subject of a new profile in New York Magazine — lets you press a button on your phone and someone will come and pick up your laundry, or your dry cleaning.

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Business
5:33 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Facebook Will Help You Monitor Yourself

Facebook is expected to release a new feature soon. Using the microphones inside smartphones, the Facebook app will be able to pick up on the music you're listening to and TV shows you're watching.

Business
5:30 am
Mon May 26, 2014

State-Owned China Enterprises Drop U.S. Consulting Firms

The Financial Times says the decision will hit major firms like Mckinsey and Company and the Boston Consulting Group. The move follows the U.S. charging 5 Chinese military officials with hacking.

Around the Nation
3:20 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Ozark Tourist Town, Branson, Mo., Debates How To Diversify

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 5:23 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And now we go to Missouri were roughly seven and a half million people visit the tourist town of Branson every year. They mostly come to listen to country music, visit the theme park and take in the events that go on in Branson every year. But Branson is facing pressures from a changing economy and changing demographic. From member station KSMU, Scott Harvey reports.

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Around the Nation
3:16 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Flagstaff Neighborhood Wants Campfires Outlawed In National Forest

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 5:23 am

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A 14,000 acre wildfire near Flagstaff, Ariz. continues to rage this morning. Residents there are calling for the local forest to be closed off to campers. But officials are resisting, arguing that the town's economy relies on holiday tourism. Laurel Morales of member station KJZZ reports.

LAUREL MORALES, BYLINE: At a recent community meeting, residents of Kachina Village, a Flagstaff neighborhood, fill a middle school auditorium to voice their frustration with forest officials.

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Africa
3:06 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Mobile Internet Comes To Africa In A Big Way

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 5:23 am

Young people are driving the change using their phones to text, listen to music — even watching high-resolution videos. Silicon Valley has noticed and sees a big opportunity.

Around the Nation
8:14 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Would You Buy A 9/11 Key Chain? Memorial Gift Shop Makes Some Cringe

An image of the former World Trade Center haunts the reflective windows of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, now open to the public.
Craig Ruttle AP

When you go to a baseball stadium or a national park, you expect to find a gift shop where you can buy the usual fare of souvenir key chains, sweatshirts and coffee mugs. You might not expect to find similar trinkets for sale at the memorial of a mass murder.

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Business
3:29 am
Sun May 25, 2014

It's Geithner Vs. Warren In Battle Of The Bailout

In a war of words between Timothy Geithner and Elizabeth Warren over the bank bailout, who's the victor?
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

The financial crisis of 2008 caused such an enormous upheaval that future historians will long be asking: Who caused it? Who fixed it? Could it have turned out better?

Recently, two key players looked back: Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner wrote Stress Test, Reflections on Financial Crisis, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote A Fighting Chance.

The two reached opposite conclusions. Geithner believes the bank bailout proved its worth. Warren remains outraged that wealthy bankers have not been jailed.

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Business
2:58 pm
Sat May 24, 2014

Where Will Credit Suisse's Fine Go?

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 4:29 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

For those who think big banks in America too often skate above the law, this week brought some welcome news.

(SOUNDBITE OF NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: Credit Suisse pleaded guilty Monday to criminal wrongdoing...

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: So Credit Suisse was recruiting Americans to hide their money and avoid taxes?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: No bank is too big to jail.

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All Tech Considered
9:16 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Tech Week: Baby Photos Online, Facebook V. Shazam, Ebay's Fail

Hackers broke into a database containing customer information, auction site eBay said Wednesday. The company is based in San Jose, Calif.
Paul Sakuma AP

Each week, we take a look back at the headlines at the intersection of technology, business and culture. ICYMI features NPR reporting, the Big Conversation includes the larger conversations in the space and Curiosities are any links we thought you should see.

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